Dozens of portable shelters heading south: The latest round of escalation
in the south which senior IDF
officials have been calling "the most violent round in recent years fire power-wise," has increased interest among civilians and institutions for portable shelters, even in areas outside the Gaza
Speaking to Ynet, Amos Klein, chairman of Mifram Ltd. a company specializing in creating "efficient solutions for protection and security systems" said that the company has been working 24/7 to meet the production demands.
"It's no longer just private bodies like banks or companies. We've received thousands of calls from concerned citizens whose parents are living in southern cities in old public housing with no shelter or fortified spaces and they were concerned that they would be hurt when the rockets exploded," Klein noted.
"Moreover, we've received requests and orders from residents living beyond the rocket range: In Rishon LeZion, Rehovot, Nes Ziona and others."
Klein added that the company's stock was prepared in advance for days like those of the recent escalation and that due to the immediate need, dozens of portable shelters have headed south over the past few nights.
"In some cases we lease the portable shelters free of charge because of the immediate need for residents in the south due to the escalation, we even send out shelters that aren't painted yet and then when things calm down we take them back, paint them and then return them to the client when they've been completed."
The company, which was established in 1962, has had to clear its schedule in order to answer the deluge of phone calls from worried citizens.
According to Klein: "Our chief aim is to calm them down, understand what their exact security and protection needs are and offer a peripheral solution that doesn't require statutory authorization."
Aiding Mifram is the Defense Ministry's SIBAT – the Defense Export and Defense Cooperation section.
SIBAT Deputy Chief Itamar Graff told Ynet: "It is important for us to strengthen Mifram since their main contract with the US military, which used to purchase equipment for Afghanistan and Iraq, (has ended) as the US is leaving those countries.
"Sadly, their product is one that is always necessary. It is important for us to support the small industries and open additional markets for them as well as increasing cooperation with business elements abroad in order to turn them into a major industry."